Railways to start passenger train service from June 1 – Guidelines Issued

Indian Railways on Wednesday released reservation rules for reservation of 200 trains which are scheduled to run from 1 June 2020. The bookings for the tickets has begun from 21 May.

According to the Tweet made by the Ministry of Railways, these will have both AC and non-AC classes and fully reserved coaches.

These trains also include the popular trains such as Duronto, Sampark Kranti, Jan Shatabdi and Poorva Express.

Only online E-Ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. No tickets will be booked across the reservation counter on any Railway Station. The Advance Reservation Period will be of maximum 30 days.

The list of 200 trains also includes Mewar Express running between Udaipur City and Hazrat Nizamuddin.

Guidelines for travelling through train

  • Only online E-Ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through the mobile app. No tickets will be booked through the reservation counter on any railway station.
  • RAC and Waitlist will be generated as per existing rules. However, waitlist ticket holders will not be permitted to board the train.
  • No tickets will be issued onboard to any passenger during the journey.
  • Tatkal and Premium Tatkal booking will not be permitted in these trains.
  • All passengers will be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to enter /board the train.
  • Only passengers with confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway station.
  • All passengers must wear face covers/masks at the entry and during travel.
  • The passengers will have to reach the station at least 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station.
  • Only passengers who are found asymptomatic will be permitted to travel.
  • Passengers will have to observe social distancing both at the station and on trains.
  • If during screening a passenger has a high temperature or other COVID-19 symptoms, he will not be allowed to travel despite having confirmed tickets. In such a case, a full refund will be provided to the passenger.
  • Provision for pre-paid meal booking, e-catering will be disabled.
  • IRCTC will make provision for limited eatables and packaged drinking water on payment basis only in limited trains which have a pantry car. Information regarding this will be made available to passengers during the time of booking ticket.
  • Passengers are encouraged to carry their own food and drinking water.
  • All static catering and vending units (multi-purpose stalls, bookstalls, chemist stalls etc) at railway stations will remain open.
  • Cooked food items may be served as takeaway only at food plazas and refreshments rooms.
  • Linens, blankets and curtains will not be provided inside the train. Passengers will be required to carry their own linen for the travel.
  • All passengers must download and use the Aarogya Setu app.
  • Passengers are advised to travel light.

As per MHA guidelines the movement of the passengers, as well as the driver of the vehicle transporting the passengers to and fro the railway station, will be allowed on the basis of the confirmed e-ticket.


Special Weekly Train from Udaipur to Bikaner.

Udaipur will now have direct train connectivity to Bikaner for the upcoming festive season. This new train will start on 2nd October and will be operational until 25th December 2019 to cater to festive traffic running between the cities.

The train will run from Udaipur to Bikaner via Churu, Jhunjhunu, and Sikar. This will be a relief to the passengers travelling between these cities on a frequent basis. For the devotees of the Karni Mata Temple of Bikaner, this train will make it convenient to visit the temple in the upcoming Navratri festival.

The train number 09677 will leave from Udaipur on every Wednesday at 6:45 pm and will reach Bikaner on Thursday morning at 9:25 am. The returning train number 09678 will leave from Bikaner at 1:25 pm on every Thursday and will reach Udaipur on the next day at 3:55 am.

The train will have a total of 18 coaches including one two-tier AC coach, two three-tier AC coaches, nine Sleeper coaches and four General coaches.

The Railway Department can change this special festive train to permanent train if it receives a good response during this duration.


Alcohol is Now Available in these Trains of Udaipur

You heard it right! The journey of yours would be more enjoyable now that the excise department has issued the order under which alcohol would be served in the trains to travelers. This service has been started in five safari trains of India out of which two have Udaipur in their route.

Source: Daily Mail

A government order issued by the Excise department on September 17 mentioned that this facility will be provided in these five trains namely The Indian Splendor (Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Bikaner-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Balasore-Mumbai), Heritage of India (Mumbai-Ajanta-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Bikaner-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Agra and Delhi), Treasures of India (Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi), Gems of India (Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi) and the Indian Panorama (Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra-Gwalior-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Lucknow-Delhi).

However, the condition that will be applicable before serving the alcohol is that the service provider will only serve liquor bottle with QR code which will depict the royalty fee paid instead of the holograms on the bottle.

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